Welcome to English Bulldog News! The #1 forum for the English Bulldog Enthusiast!

REGISTER today to share photos, stories, advice, get help and access member only features and forums.

P.S. Registered members do not see above advertisements!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 12 of 16

Thread: Bullies and stairs???

  1. #1
    Rescue Volunteer Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Gertie's Mom's Avatar
    Location
    SanTan Valley, Az.
    Posts
    1,732
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Gertie & Ida

    Default Bullies and stairs???

    I have a question, that may seem silly to some of you, but I really don't know: can Bulldogs go up and down stairs? We have a two story home, but we moved here when our Arrow (our St. Bernard) was about 7 months old. The home we moved from was all on one level, so he'd never dealt with stairs. When we got settled here, he's just been happy with the downstairs. He's never even tried to go upstairs, which was fine with us. We'd heard stairs are hard on giant breed's hips and joints, so we've never encouraged him to go upstairs. But with Gertie I'm unsure as to what to expect. So far she hasn't noticed the stairs either and if we want her upstairs, we carry her up and down. So, should we just have a second downstairs only dog? Or can she learn to go up and down? With her little short legs, I can't imagine her doing it.

    There is nothing nicer than two sweet Bully girls, unless it's THREE sweet Bully girls!!
    Julie, Gertie, Ida & Clementine in Az.

  2. # ADS
    Circuit advertisement
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Advertising world
    Posts
    Many


    Quit lugging those big bags of dog food and running that extra errand,
    and get it delivered right to your door- shipped for FREE from Petflow!
    (Please use our link so EBN gets sponsor credit.)
    Ready to try Petflow? Click Here!
    Click here to read testimonials from members who already order from Petflow!

    Support Our Community! Become a 4 Paw Member and you will no longer view these ads or this post.

     

  3. #2
    Wrinkle Wiper SonoftheSea's Avatar
    Location
    The Netherlands
    Posts
    139
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Bono, Son of the Sea

    Default Re: Bullies and stairs???

    Bono never tried to walk on the stairs. He also don't know how to do this. A young dog should never walk on the stairs (hips)
    A older (bull)dog could walk on the stairs if he does it in the right way.
    Bono never learned using the stairs. Sometimes he tries to take 3 or 4 steps but then he jumps from the 4th step to the floor (not good )

    "The more you share, the more you have"

  4. #3
    Bulldog Walker Become a 4 Paw Member Kikiwhoa21's Avatar
    Real Name
    Vicky! :)
    Location
    Texas!
    Posts
    264
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Chev Chelios && Faith

    Default Re: Bullies and stairs???

    Both Chelios && Faith do stairs! When they were little babies they couldn't do the stairs, they were so little they'd fall so i'd carry them up. Probably about a month ago Faith finally started going up the stairs all by herself! We were so proud!! We just moved in to an apt on the third floor. So imagine if I had to carry Chelios 65 pounds && a sqirmy 4month old upp 3 flights of stairs EVERY time we went out to pee. Psssh! lol Plus I think it's better for them. More excersise! Our apt. is a loft so we also have stairs in our home. && They love to play on them! Chelios goes crazy && will just run upp && down them for fun playing with his ball. :p I think it's up to you really if you want Gertie to learn the stairs or not. At first it'll be tough for her being a baby && not ever climbing stairs. Faith used to stop half way for a rest. Or she'd sit down letting me kno.. 'mom carry me i'm tired' lol but now she goes up && down by herself! I dont think its a bad thing.. More exercise for them! I think thats why Chelios is so athletic && muscular! )
    .Peace.Love.&&.Bullies.<3

  5. #4
    Member of Bulldog Addicts Anonymous Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    TessaAndSamson's Avatar
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    4,262
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Samson
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default Re: Bullies and stairs???

    Stairs really aren't very good on their hips and joints. I have a 2 story townhouse. I have a baby gate at the bottom of my stairs to keep Samson from running up and down all day. The dogs stay downstairs until it's time to go to bed at night. When I am hanging out upstairs I'll let them up too because Samson will throw a fit if I don't. I just try to limit the unnecessary use of the stairs.

  6. #5
    Rescue Volunteer Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Gertie's Mom's Avatar
    Location
    SanTan Valley, Az.
    Posts
    1,732
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Gertie & Ida

    Default Re: Bullies and stairs???

    I have a gate, not at the stairs, but at the edge of my family room. It keeps Gertie in my family room and kitchen area, so she can't get to the stairs. Eventually I think I'd like her to come upstairs at night. Maybe I'll do what Tessa and Samson suggested and limit her stair climbing, but get her to at least go upstairs on her own when we're going up. It wouldn't be great to have to haul an adult Bullie up and down!

    There is nothing nicer than two sweet Bully girls, unless it's THREE sweet Bully girls!!
    Julie, Gertie, Ida & Clementine in Az.

  7. #6
    Kennel Cleaner ohiostatebulldogs's Avatar
    Location
    Wooster Ohio , USA
    Posts
    77
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Shug Knight of OSB , Santini of OSB, and Mercedes of OSB

    Default Re: Bullies and stairs???

    I agree and do the same thing. maybe twice a day dogs are allowed to ravel the stairs!!!
    S Martin
    Ohio State Bulldogs
    " Unless you try something beyond what you have already mastered you will never grow" OSB

  8. #7
    ..........
    Real Name
    Jenn
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    0
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Cutty, Miila and Mugsy the pug :)

    Default Re: Bullies and stairs???

    I agree with Tessa and Ohiostate. Everythnig in moderation is ok but I would limit it just because of the hip problems that may occur. When we were in our apartment Cutty was able to do the stairs but would go too fast down and made me nervous he would hurt himself so I went in front of him to keep him at my pace. Going up he could do fine but often was too stuborn to come up into the apartment so I had to carry him. lol.

  9. #8
    aka "desertskybulldogs" Owner/Administrator Become a 4 Paw Member
    Need help with the forums?  Contact me!
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    bullmama's Avatar
    Real Name
    Lisa
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Tucson, Arizona
    Posts
    22,605
    Bulldog(s) Names
    The Home of the Desert Sky Pack
    Trophies
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default Re: Bullies and stairs???

    I remember when I went to Lindathedogsmaid's home back in 2002. She had ramps everywhere. Anywhere there was a step, even just a short one. She explained to me that bullies should not go up and down stairs due to their hips. Now, I do allow mine to go up one or two steps, but not a huge amount of them. Chip (bulldog) followed suit and created bully ramps in our backyard in places so they would not be urged to jump.

    RIP Banks

    "My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am."
    CLICK HERE to Sponsor a rescue Bulldog!

  10. #9
    Pistol Packing Bullyagrapher Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Need help with the forums?  Contact me!
    Libra926's Avatar
    Real Name
    Cheryl
    Country
    United States
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    7,116
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Vegas and Orion
    Trophies
    Blog Entries
    43

    Default Re: Bullies and stairs???

    Vegas and Orion do stairs pretty well. Orion, being a "mini me" bolts up and down them as if it were a racetrack. We have a gate at the top and bottom.....to limit the stair use and to keep them in an area of supervision. Orion tends to play on the stairs.......she will toss a bouncy toy down the stairs then take off after it. She'll take it back to the top and start all over. Once we discovered what she was doing, the baby gate at the top was necessary.
    Last edited by Libra926; 08-08-2010 at 09:42 PM.

  11. #10
    BullyWood Movie Star Become a 4 Paw Member Bella'sMom's Avatar
    Location
    Orange Park, FL
    Posts
    3,309
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Abby 13 (RIP), Bella (4), Betsy 8wks

    Default Re: Bullies and stairs???

    Both Bella and Abby do stairs. However just at night. It isn't that we block them during the day it is just that they want to be with us all the time. So when we go to bed, then they do. Abby is older and her hips aren't what they used to be so she goes much slower up the stairs. Bella got fast once she mastered it. Our entire house is hardwood so the stair coming down if too fast is slippery. Bella has to be very careful.

  12. #11

    Default Re: Bullies and stairs???

    Bear has been going up and down stairs since his legs got long enough. I wouldn't say he walks down them though, it looks like he barely touches a stair he is so fast.

  13. #12
    BullyWood Movie Star Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Need help with the forums?  Contact me!
    sheshistory's Avatar
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts
    3,297
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Bentley, Linus, Truman

    Default Re: Bullies and stairs???

    All of my bullies do stairs without much trouble at all but they usually just go up and down once in a while but it's never been a problem when done in control and in moderation. We also boarded them at my friend's apartment, who lived on the third floor of an apartment complex and didn't have any issues then either, even with Bentley, who had two ACL surgeries.

    "I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
    Bentley (5.24.04 - 6.26.10) & Linus (1.10.06 - 7.31.13)

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •